Farmers recognized for completing Certified Livestock Producer program

Ted McKinney (left), Indiana Department of Agriculture director, Jerry and Pam Ott, beef farmers from Churubusco, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Kimmi Devaney, program manager of agricultural marketing and industry development for ISDA, pose for a picture after the Otts were recognized for completing the Certified Livestock Producer program.

INDIANAPOLIS – Fourteen livestock operations were recognized during the Indiana State Fair by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture for completing the Certified Livestock Producer program.

The Certified Livestock Producer program was started by the ISDA to honor producers who publicly demonstrate and proclaim their commitment to the environment, animal well-being, food safety, biosecurity, emergency planning and being a good neighbor in the community.

Throughout the course of a year, individuals enrolled in the program must fill out and complete activities which include the local fire department coming out to review an emergency plan for the farm operation, several self-assessments, and being in compliance with both the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana Board of Animal Health.

The following are the producers who were recognized for completing the Certified Livestock Producer program: Shane Fiechter, Decatur, poultry; Daniel Dilger, Lamar, poultry; Bryan Johnson, Orleans, poultry and swine; Doug Lindauer, Ferdinand, dairy; Jerry Ott, Churubusco, beef; Mike Garrett, Lewis, poultry; Larry Adams, Petersburg, beef; Neil Stoppenhagen, Ossian, beef; Ed Hildenbrand, Huntingburg, beef; Dave and Sara Davis, Reynolds, swine; Scott McDonald, Bloomfield, beef and sheep; Lyle Andry, Birdseye, aquaculture; Bob Reef, Berne, swine; and Joe Lopez, Columbia City, beef.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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